It’s World Spay Day!

Today is World Spay Day. At the ARLGP we believe that spaying and neutering is an important component of responsible pet ownership. It helps reduce animal overpopulation in our community, and decreases the burden on local shelters and rescues.

Read a Q&A with ARLGP clinic veterinarian, Dr. Beth Sperry, below and learn why spaying and neutering is so important.

Why is it important to spay and neuter your pets?
Spaying and neutering will make your pet a healthier, happier animal, and a better adjusted, more well-behaved pet. Furthermore, it will help end pet overpopulation.

cat-populationAre there long-term health benefits?
Spaying your female pet at a young age will greatly reduce the chances of mammary cancer, a common cancer in older, intact females. It will also eliminate the risk of pyometra, a life-threatening uterine infection. Your female cat or dog will no longer go into heat, which can be messy and cause pesky behavioral changes in her and in male dogs in the vicinity. Neutering your male dog will eliminate the risk of testicular cancer. It will also keep him safer, as he will be focused on the family and not on roaming to find a female dog in heat.

How does spaying and neutering help reduce animal overpopulation in our community
Most veterinarians and animal welfare professionals believe that spay/neuter is the answer to the pet overpopulation problem. Furthermore, if fewer unwanted animals come into our shelters, more resources can be spent on the existing animals in each shelter, ensuring a better outcome for these animals. Teaching your children the lesson of responsible pet ownership, and the importance of spaying and neutering as a humane solution to the pet overpopulation problem, is one of the most valuable lessons you can give them.

What are some common reasons/beliefs against spaying and neutering, and why are they untrue?
Some people worry that animals become overweight after spay/neuter surgery. (In reality, animals become overweight from overfeeding and inadequate exercise.) Others worry that these are painful, risky surgeries for their pet, but modern medicine and technology allows us to safely monitor pets and treat for pain before, during, and after spay and neuter surgery. Most animals go home the same day as their sterilization and are back to normal within a day. Many also believe that they cannot afford spay/neuter surgery, but there are many high quality, low-cost options nationally and within the state of Maine- one right here at the ARLGP!

Did you know?
The ARLGP offers low-cost spay and neuter services to qualifying community members for dogs, cats and rabbits. To learn more about our spay/neuter clinic, and to see if you qualify, give us a call today at (207) 854-9771.

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